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ERIC Number: EJ941015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Bond Order and Chemical Properties of BF, CO, and N[subscript 2]
Martinie, Ryan J.; Bultema, Jarred J.; Vander Wal, Mark N.; Burkhart, Brandon J.; Vander Griend, Douglas A.; DeKock, Roger L.
Journal of Chemical Education, v88 n8 p1094-1097 Aug 2011
The traditional chemical approaches, Lewis electron dot structures and molecular orbital theory, predict the relative bond orders of boron monofluoride, carbon monoxide, and dinitrogen to be BF less than CO less than N[subscript 2]. This is quantified by quantum mechanical, theoretical studies that show the bond orders to be approximately 1.4, approximately 2.6, and approximately 3.0, respectively. These results also confirm the chemical intuition that the change in bond order is primarily due to the pi component. The differences in bond order have a dramatic effect on the ligand behavior of the three molecules, particularly the propensity of BF to function as a bridging ligand. (Contains 9 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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